Sarah grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut with the Arctic Ocean and a team of dogs in her backyard. Learning the skills of surviving in the cold at a young age, she soon started to venture on longer overnight trips.
Gudrun Pflüger was born in the rural town of Radstadt, Austria. Over a decade, she was a world-class athlete and competed in cross-country skiing and mountain running.
Geoff Powter has been a long-time fixture in the Alberta and Canadian climbing scenes. He was editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal from 1993-2007, and has written extensively about adventure for much of his life in the outdoors.
Harmony Redsky is an Anishnaabekwe/Haudenosaunee/Ukrainian writer, cultural advocate, media producer, entrepreneur from Wasauksing First Nation.
The indomitable David Roberts is one of the most well-known climbing authors and American alpinists of his generation. David Roberts grew up in Colorado and attended Harvard on a scholarship, majoring in math.
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Mayan grew up in the New Zealand mountains with a strong affinity to nature. She began alpine climbing at age 16, yet quickly shifted her focus to the physical challenges of rock climbing.
Bill is a member of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Wesley First Nation, as well as a Dual Citizen of Canada / United States of America, and of Stoney Nakoda / Yuma Quechan descent.
Spencer Bown, Mike
Mike Spencer Bown has spent more time backpacking and exploring all the countries of the world in a fully immersive style than any other person.
Will Stanhope is a professional climber and ACMG Rock Guide based out of Squamish, British Columbia. Will started climbing at the Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver at the age of 8.
Whitewater kayaker, Ben Stookesberry, together with adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry, and kayaker Erik Boomer embarked on a kite-ski and kayak mission of epic proportions across Greenland to reach the most northern river ever paddled.
Steve Swenson grew up in Seattle and started climbing in the nearby Cascade Mountains at age 14.
In 2003, Kevin Vallely was named one of Canada's leading adventurers by the Globe and Mail.